5 Wintery Reads to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Now that it’s December, you might have noticed a few subtle changes happening around you: pumpkin is out, and peppermint is in;  lights and decorations are magically appearing in peoples’ homes and storefront windows;  your inbox is suddenly FULL of coupons, flash-sales, and special gift ideas. All this can only mean one thing…Christmas is coming! So what if we’ve still got a few weeks—there’s no harm in getting in the holiday spirit while you’re waiting for Santa to show! There are plenty of Christmasy movies around, but as far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book while the flurries start to fall. Below you’ll find some of Scribd Editorial Staff’s favorite wintery reads to get you in the holiday spirit.


If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted throwback, Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews is a great place to start. Set in Savannah during the 1950’s, Blue Christmas is full of seasonal eccentricities and Elvis references.

the last noel

Can’t wait to get caught under the mistletoe? The Last Noel should tide you over. This passionate love story from Michael Malone spans four decades and will spark your Christmas spirit from head to toe.

immovable feast

Speaking of romance…there is no place quite as romantic as Paris during the holidays. John Baxter’s memoir, Immovable Feast, follows him during a year around France as he prepares for the ultimate test of love and devotion: cooking a Christmas dinner in Paris.

the xmas letters

For a Christmas story that feels close to home, check out the Christmas Letters by Lee Smith. Told in the form of letters between three generations of women, this novel spans everything from recipe sharing to marriage advice and will put you in a holly jolly spirit in no time!

xmas carol

No holiday season would be complete without an appearance from Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Dickens’ Christmas ghosts! Whether or not you’ve read a Christmas Carol before, there’s nothing that will put the jingle in your bells like some Charles Dickens and peppermint hot chocolate.

Wishing you could get your kids in on this yuletide literary action? Not to worry—we’re working on a list of awesome books to read with your kids this holiday season. Stay tuned!